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MA Advanced Theatre Practice

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
04 October 2021
Virtual open day
Virtual open day

Program description

MA Advanced Theatre Practice

As an active participant in the MA or MFA Advanced Theatre Practice, you will participate in workshops with leading professionals, learn to research and extend your own practice, launch a company, make new work, and, on the MA, take this to an audience beyond Central. Students will also extend the roles of performer, director, writer, designer, dramaturg, puppeteer, musician, artist, or creative thinker in new and unexpected ways and build on the tradition of theatre-making as a communicative medium of exchange, i.e. through working with digital media. MFA students also have excellent opportunities to work for with a number of distinguished external companies.

Admission requirements

You will normally have good knowledge and experience of at least one of theatre-making discipline (i.e. performance, directing, writing, design, dramaturgy, puppetry, music, visual art), together with a strong desire to bring this expertise to an experimental theatre-making environment. Alternatively, you may be an outstanding individual from another discipline, with an evident desire to explore interdisciplinary practice. You should normally have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, (drama, theatre or performance studies) though applications from students of other disciplines will be considered. Applications for the accreditation of prior experience in lieu of academic qualification will also be considered where appropriate. An offer will normally only be made after interview. Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to prove their English language proficiency by gaining an overall score of 7.0 in an IELTS test.

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Program content

"In the first year of the MFA, you will join the MA students for Terms One to Three.

The MFA then extends into a second year beginning in October, enabling the development of further projects and professional connections outside the School. Working together during this initial period of creative growth, you will develop experience from the intensive workshop atmosphere of Term One, through learning to research and extending practice in Term Two, to launching a company or the approach to making new work in Term Three.

You will be supported in this process of growth and development, gradually enabling you to become a stronger, more articulate practitioner, better able to work flexibly and constructively with others, extending the boundaries of theatre and how it might be seen.

Term Four of the MA focuses on taking work to an audience of choice beyond Central.

The MFA second year deepens and extends this opportunity for independent professional development beyond Central, while still retaining a degree of contact and guidance from tutors. An MFA top-up year for those with an existing MA in this subject is also available."

Tuition fees

Full tuition for EU students 9737 GBP

Full tuition for Non-EU students 19275 GBP

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The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is part of the University of London and is widely regarded as one of the top training institutions for those wishing to work in the performing arts. Located in Swiss Cottage, north...

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